Ralf, a German born American, has been in the computer business for many years. He started out with PRIME Computer in the early 1990's. He holds several SUN Microsystems Certificates from working for the state and city of New York during the mid 2000's. In his last position, at a major European credit card processor, Ralf was responsible for the Payment Card Industries Data Security Standards Certification of all in-scope secure payment transaction systems.
Ralf is currently working in Arlington, Virginia. His responsibilities are security accreditation, configuration, maintenance and auditing of high-security/high-value information systems.
Ralf is a strong advocate on in volunteering. He was member of the Elsmere Fire Company, Elsmere, New York from 1992 until 2010 and was trained as an HAZMAT Technician. After 9/11 he has taken Firematic specific classes in Anti Terror and WMD Training.
In Germany he volunteered in his free time for the United Service Organizations (USO) in Wiesbaden, Germany and is proud to support our military overseas.
Ralf Is currently volunteering at the USBG in Washington, D.C.
Photography and more
Ralf’s natural interest in technology and the passion of expressing himself in a creative way, open the way into photography. In 2015/2016 Ralf joined the online accreditation of the Michigan State University, by enrolling in the class "Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR". After graduating in 2017, Ralf completed a class in Photojournalism at the New York Institute of Photography in October of 2018. In order to keep educating himself, he is currently enrolled in other Photography classes with the NYIP.
Current Projects: BRUTALISM -- SEARCHING WASHINGTON'S UNDERGROUND (https://www.ralfkwiegand.com/work#/metroart/); Architectural Photography